Punitive Damages Defined

Punitive Damages Defined

In personal injury cases, you can be awarded several types of damages, and understanding them can be a little difficult.

Economic damages are losses you might have suffered as a result of a personal injury accident, and they are monetary in nature. For example, in a car accident, you may need money to replace your damaged vehicle.

Non-economic damages are those that are non-monetary in nature, but a court can still decide you are owed monetary compensation as a way to make you feel some sense of justice for what you have suffered. Pain and suffering are considered non-economic damages.

For information on punitive damages, see below.

What Are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are those that the court may award as a deterrent or punishment for the negligent party so he or she will not commit the negligent act again.

In Florida, for punitive damages to be awarded, you (the claimant) must prove that the negligent party acted with intentional misconduct and gross negligence.

Intentional misconduct means that the negligent party knew you would likely be injured as a result of his or her actions but chose to commit those actions anyway.

Gross negligence means that the defendant's behavior was so egregious that it represented a conscious disregard for your life, safety, or rights.

Punitive damages are like a monetary punishment for a person's extreme negligence and disregard for others' safety. If you are awarded punitive damages, the value of your injury claim is likely to significantly increase.

Contact a Personal Injury AttorneyIf you have further questions about punitive damages in the state of Florida or would like to discuss your personal injury case, call a personal injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo. We offer a free case evaluation. Simply call 561-659-6366 or visit our website.
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